• Petitioning Terry Anderson

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Terry Anderson
Group SJR

TED: Stop the censoring of the Rupert Sheldrake TEDx Talks video.

    1. Scott Bryson
    2. Petition by

      Scott Bryson

      Malibu, CA

Rupert Sheldrake

March 14, 2013 the conference organization TED made this announcement re talks they hosted on YouTube by authors Rupert Sheldrake & Graham Hancock:

"After due diligence, including a survey of published scientific research and recommendations from our Science Board and our community, we have decided that Graham Hancock’s and Rupert Sheldrake’s talks from TEDxWhiteChapel should be removed from distribution on the TEDx YouTube channel."

"Both talks have been flagged as containing serious factual errors that undermine TED’s commitment to good science. The critiques of these talks need much clearer highlighting."

Neither author was given advance notice of this action or a chance to respond. TED has continually refined their statement but taken in entirety, along with comments by Terry Anderson, Curator of TED, libelous and slanderous misstatements of fact were made against the authors, which they have begun to address without adequate response to their queries by TED.

The comments re this incident on relevant blogs have been overwhelmingly in favor of the TED speakers that have had their videos censored. The videos speak for themselves, Sheldrake's can also be found here, introduced by the irrational attacks by TED staff: http://goo.gl/2XE2d

Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative biologists and writers, is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory.

He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Rupert Sheldrake online: Website  Statement on TEDx censorship

Facebook support group

Petition for Graham Hancock

TED blog: TED: Open for discussion: Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake from TEDxWhitechapel 

Kent Bye's excellent timeline posted to the TED blog: Google Docs

Terry Anderson, TED
TED, Group SJR
TED: Stop the censoring of the Rupert Sheldrake TEDx Talks video.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Rupert Sheldrake Issues Rebuttal to TEDx

      Scott Bryson
      Petition Organizer

      Rupert Sheldrake
      March 18, 2013

      I would like to respond to TED’s claims that my TEDx talk “crossed the line into pseudoscience”, contains ”serious factual errors” and makes “many misleading statements.”

      This discussion is taking place because the militant atheist bloggers Jerry Coyne and P.Z. Myers denounced me, and attacked TED for giving my talk a platform. I was invited to give my talk as part of a TEDx event in Whitechapel, London, called “Challenging Existing Paradigms.” That’s where the problem lies: my talk explicitly challenges the materialist belief system. It summarized some of the main themes of my recent book Science Set Free (in the UK called The Science Delusion). Unfortunately, the TED administrators have publically aligned themselves with the old paradigm of materialism, which has dominated science since the late nineteenth century.

      (Continued: https://www.facebook.com/groups/345535438881217/permalink/346841118750649/ )

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • David Bastien REVERE, MA
      • 4 days ago

      Its curious, and until there were to be a decent explanation to refute the ideas , it should be allowed

    • Erling Vadseth KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY
      • 6 days ago

      Consciousness is something everybody should be concerned with, since it after all is the reason for EVERYTHING.

    • Alvin Zen BERGEN, NORWAY
      • 7 days ago

      Because facts are more important than obsolete dogma.

    • David Chilstrom PORTLAND, OR
      • 2 months ago

      Because the removal is clearly based on prejudice, not sound argument.

    • Barbara LeVan Fisher FAIRIFELD, CA
      • 2 months ago

      because i agree with him, having had many experiences of consciousness shifts that are in line with his basic message.


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